Azusa family in 10 Freeway crash reunited with rescued puppy




A puppy that was saved from a crash on the 10 Freeway in Cabazon earlier this month is being reunited with its family in Azusa on Friday, April 21, after more than two weeks in the care of the Animal Services officer who saved her.

The white poodle mix puppy, Blanca, was riding with her owner on April 4 in the eastbound lanes of the 10 when the car went off the road, hit a tree and rolled, according to a news release from the Riverside County Animal Services Department.

A California Highway Patrol officer told Animal Services Officer Marcel Martinez that one of the victims was begging paramedics to let him take his puppy with him in the ambulance.

“That really stuck with me,” Martinez said in the release. “I said to myself, man, this guy really loves his dog.”

Martinez was there to collect the pup – who was about 6 weeks old at the time – for Animal Services, but he ended up bringing the dog home to foster it until he could find the family and return it on Friday.

Blanca’s owners had no means for transportation because their car was damaged beyond repair in the crash, so the officer will deliver the puppy to its owners.

Blanca is not the first dog Martinez has rescued and brought home, the release said. He made one dog, an injured Chihuahua he rescued in 2015, a permanent resident in his home.


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